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v. dis·tend·ed, dis·tend·ing, dis·tends
To swell out or expand, especially from internal pressure: The puppies ate until their stomachs distended.
To cause to expand, especially from internal pressure; dilate: Fluid distends a blister.

[Middle English distenden, from Latin distendere : dis-, dis- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·ten′si·ble (dĭ-stĕn′sə-bəl) adj.
dis·ten′si·bil′i·ty n.


n. distensibilidad, capacidad de una estructura de ser extendida, dilatada o agrandada en tamaño.
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8) also proved the existence of decreased arterial distensibility in BD, and Rhee et al.
24] The cause of decline of various respiratory parameters in obesity may be due to decrease in distensibility of chest wall and is the cause for the alterations in ventilatory volume and flow.
Changes in sizes and distensibility of the aging kidney.
There have been 2 subsequent examinations in 2001 and 2007, both of which have included anthropometrics and lipid and vascular measures, including carotid intima-media thickness (IMT)(2) and distensibility, as well as brachial flow-mediated dilation (FMD) in response to ischemia induced with a blood pressure cuff.
lower aortic pulse wave velocity, lower 2008a pulse pressure, and higher femoral distensibility.
However, the reasons for these alterations still remain unclear and although there are some hypothesis, like the increment in inspiratory muscle strength, alveolar distensibility, alveolar number, size of the lungs and chest wall or hereditary factors (Armour et al.
Effects of 8-week isometric handgrip exercise on aortic distensibility and central cardiovascular responses (Masters Thesis).
Strictures were located as segment of reduced distensibility on injection of saline.